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State to choose a plan to implement in pilot program.

In most professions, with experience, comes reward. The longer you are employed somewhere, the more money you make. For generations, that has also been the case in the North Carolina education system. Teachers who have taught longer, are paid more. In 2015, that will no longer be the case. Due to legislation passed over the summer, the state's education system will be moving to a pay-for-performance salary scale. While new teachers will all start with the same base salary, in order to get a raise, teachers will have to be classified as highly effective.

Passed in July, the N.C. General Assembly’s budget for the 2014-15 school year included a section stating that it intended to fund differentiated pay for highly effective teachers.

This section of law also instructed that all local boards of education should submit proposals to establish local programs for differentiated teacher pay by Jan. 15. While boards could opt out of submitting a pay plan, both Macon and Jackson County worked to develop a proposal.


The next phase of a project on the Western Carolina University campus to build a new mixed-used facility on the site of a structure damaged by fire in November 2013 is expected to get under way this spring, university officials said.

The current timetable for the project, which will result in a 120,000-square-foot building featuring a mix of residential units and commercial and dining establishments on the ground floor with student residential spaces on the upper floors, calls for construction to begin in May. The facility is expected to include a total of about 380 student beds.


Victory Christian School recently celebrated its annual homecoming festivities after both varsity and middle school basketball contests with North Asheville Christian School.

The homecoming court included Jeanilee Fenoglio, Anna Belle Watts, Caleb Stephens, Kasey Maney, James Gergeni, Lauren Taylor, Andrew Gergeni, and Deanah Smith. Back row center are Homecoming King and Queen, Joshua Wolfrey, son of Rusty and Ronda Wolfrey of Sylva, and Joy Wahl, daughter of Weldon and Donna Wahl of Franklin.

Photo by Arlene Jones

High school students from throughout Southwestern Community College’s service area participated in a pair of service projects last month. The students, who are in SCC’s Upward Bound program, made holiday cards that were sent to U.S. troops deployed overseas. They also wrapped small toiletry items that were given out at Sylva’s Community Table.

“Our students had a lot of fun performing these projects,” said Annette Kesgen, director of SCC’s Upward Bound program. “It’s really quite impressive to see these young people who already grasp the value of serving others, looking out for our neighbors and showing gratitude to the men and women in uniform who keep us safe.”


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